Committed group helps to keep library going strong

Bawtry Community Library volunteers are l-r Emma McHale, 22, of Bircotes, Marianne Dickson, of Bessecarr, and Judith McCormack, of Bawtry.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1904LM
Bawtry Community Library volunteers are l-r Emma McHale, 22, of Bircotes, Marianne Dickson, of Bessecarr, and Judith McCormack, of Bawtry. Picture: Liz Mockler D1904LM
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A DEDICATED team of volunteers has helped an under-threat library go from strength to strength against all the odds.

Doncaster Council had earmarked Bawtry Library as one of several borough-based sites to be closed because of dwindling customer numbers.

Bawtry Community Library volunteers are l-r Emma McHale, 22, of Bircotes, Marianne Dickson, of Bessecarr, and Judith McCormack, of Bawtry.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1905LM

Bawtry Community Library volunteers are l-r Emma McHale, 22, of Bircotes, Marianne Dickson, of Bessecarr, and Judith McCormack, of Bawtry. Picture: Liz Mockler D1905LM

However, a team of volunteers came together the day after the doors were closed on February 29 to revamp the library in Doncaster Road before opening it to the public under the name Bawtry Community Library.

And since then, the group has grown to nearly 70 members giving up their time to run the library offering seven-days-a-week service, classes and activities for adults and children.

Jackie Maguire, 56, the library’s volunteers co-ordinator, from Bawtry, said: “It is absolutely buzzing here at the moment. We’re getting some fantastic numbers through the door. One day we had 90 people, another 111, we’re never below 50 customers which shows there’s certainly a demand for the library to stay open and I’m so glad we’ve all come together to make that happen.

“It’s very hard work, there’s no denying that, because we have to raise our own money to pay for everything whether it’s the rent or to hold activities.

Enjoying Bawtry Community Library  are l-r Poppy McCarrick, two, mum Vicky McCarrick, both of Bessacarr, her niece Ella Richardson, four, of Retford, library volunteer Judith McCormack, of Bawtry, Laura Richardson, of Retford, and her niece Lilly McCarrick, six, of Bessacarr.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1906LM

Enjoying Bawtry Community Library are l-r Poppy McCarrick, two, mum Vicky McCarrick, both of Bessacarr, her niece Ella Richardson, four, of Retford, library volunteer Judith McCormack, of Bawtry, Laura Richardson, of Retford, and her niece Lilly McCarrick, six, of Bessacarr. Picture: Liz Mockler D1906LM

“But we’re lucky in Bawtry to have such a dedicated team of people. We’ve got 68 volunteers at the moment all giving up their time but we’re always, always looking for more volunteers.

“The feedback to the work we’re doing has been wonderful, I think people are really pleased that we’ve kept our library going. People have been delighted with how we’ve maintained it.

“We’ve got a book shop which raises money for us and there are several activities on offer but we’re always happy to receive donations to help keep us going.”

There are several events on offer at the library including children’s storytime and French lessons.

There will also be a crown making workshop and storytime session for children available to mark the Queen’s Jubilee to be held at the site on June 6 from 10.30am.

Children of all ages are welcome.

To find out more about what the library offers, please call 01302 710858 or email BawtryCommunityLibrary@hotmail.co.uk